Please reflect on your participation in the life of your congregation, the diocese, and the larger community:
Active participation has always been a vital part of membership for me. To “belong” you need to be involved in the workings, initiatives and ideas which are a part of the organization. As a member of Christ Church Cathedral’s congregation, I have past and present service with a wide variety of committees and organizations. These include opportunities in the worship service through the choir/music program and as a lay reader and eucharistic minister. I have been involved with the philanthropic outreach of the Cathedral and am Co-chair of the Native American Ministries Council which works directly with The Episcopal Church in Navajoland and also indigenous organizations in the tri-state Through not only my association with the Cathedral but my Associate Professorship in the Communication Department at Northern Kentucky University, I for many years have had significant educational, civic and philanthropic involvement.
While this work has certainly provided a busy schedule for me, I feel truly honored and blessed to have the opportunities for this involvement. I have had many privileged occasions to have “made a difference” in many lives and organizations.
It is exciting to be a member of a Diocese which offers itself as a spiritual center not only to its own congregations but to the cities, the surrounding areas and the nation. It is vital to have a secure safe place where all may have a voice and find spiritual safety regardless of the many factors of personal orientation. The preservation of this safe space is so vital in today’s turbulent culture of me-centrism, suspicion, hatred and distrust.
Why do you feel God is calling you to serve in this position?
God gives each of us special and individual talents and skills. I feel that my rapport with multiple constituencies, my excellence and insightfulness both as a communicator and facilitator and my deep belief that everything that we do in life is spiritually connected, is a solid foundation for my participation as a member of Diocesan Council. I believe strongly that spirituality is not an option but a necessity for daily life. In my various capacities within the diocese, the cathedral and in the college classroom and in my personal and professional life, I am an enabler, a consensus builder who seeks inclusion for all persons and points of view in all aspects of life.